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Tengatenga Group Lobbied Malawi Government to Enforce Anti-gay Laws

As reported in the U.K. newspaper, The Independent, the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), a group once headed by Bishop James Tengatenga, and in which his Diocese is a member, lobbied the Malawian government last November to continue enforcing harsh anti-gay laws — after the government reportedly had decided to cease their enforcement in the face of international pressure:

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The Malawi Council of Churches is an umbrella organization comprising almost two dozen Malawian church groupings — including Bishop Tengatenga’s Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi. Its views can fairly be considered to be fundamentalist (“The Council accepts the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the record of God’s revelation of himself to humanity, as containing all things necessary for salvation, and as being the ultimate standard of faith and conduct.”) On November 16, 2010, The Nyasa Times published the MCC’s summary of its view of issues of the moment. The first item concerned homosexuality and sodomy:

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In May, 2008, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas noted that Bishop Tengatenga had been a past chair of the Malawi Council of Churches, as did the Nyasa Times in a story last week. I am still looking for the exact dates when Tengatenga was the leader of the MCC.

Addendum: A senior faculty member writes in:

I want to thank you for what you have written about the new Tucker dean. Several students have told me how upset they are, and also that they are reading your blog and and grateful to you for what you are writing. The guy has no business coming to Dartmouth; it’s as if the college is telling gay students, You don’t have a chaplain. And if these are his views on homosexuality, what does he think about women’s rights, etc?


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